More Water, Less JuiceJune 8, 2017
New recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics remind us why sugary drinks should NOT be a staple in a young child’s diet.
Here are a few reasons for you and your children to stick to water and some tips on how to increase water intake
Water improves overall functioning
- Water transports nutrients, helps to maintain your body temperature, improves kidney functioning, assists in digestion (including help with weight loss) and absorption, and is essential to good circulation. Most tap water also contains fluoride – an ingredient that is important to the health of children’s teeth.
- Increased water intake has been shown to reduce headaches, muscle cramps and food cravings. It also plays a role in removing toxins and improving the look and youthfulness of your skin. Try drinking water at all meals and save your caffeinated beverage or glass of wine or beer for an in-between or after meal treat. Research shows that water aids in digestion when combined with food and helps you to fill up faster to avoid overeating or indulging in dessert.
Water helps build strength
- When you or your child are dehydrated, your brain and muscles can’t work as well. Water can improve physical and mental strength by providing much needed hydration throughout your body.
Water doesn’t have to be plain
- Adding lemon or lime can enhance the taste of water. You can also try carbonated water to add some bubbles and excite your taste buds.
You can EAT it
- Increasing your intake of watery foods like watermelon and oranges can help you to get more water into your body.
It can save you money
- Drinking fruit juice and soda can be costly. Switching to tap water – especially a water bottle you carry with you and refill throughout the day – can save you a pretty penny! Plus, it is good for the environment and reduces waste.
Click here to see the latest from the AAP on fruit juice recommendations.
And for more information and tips, visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.